By Saikat Mandal

28th Oct, 2021 | 2:56pm

West Brom hope to win FIFA transfer verdict over Ahmed Hegazi deal

West Brom have lodged a complaint to FIFA regarding unpaid fees following the sale of Ahmed Hegazi to Al-Ittihad Jeddah.

According to reports from Express and Star, West Brom are seeking the help of the governing body to get a decision in their favour which if happens, would add funds to boost Valerien Ismael’s transfer kitty in January.

Hegazi moved to the Saudi Arabian side in October 2020, after initially joining them on loan.

The deal included an obligation for a permanent transfer. Al-Ittihad agreed to pay around £2.5m for the Egyptian defender.

The report claims that Albion still feel they owe more money, but the exact figure is not known. The cash-rich club have disputed, and as a result, the Baggies have turned to FIFA for a resolution.

Interesting scenario

Hegazi was one of the high earners at the club, and the Baggies were desperate to get rid of his £70,000-per-week wages.

The move to Saudi Arabia also earned him a significant pay rise. The defender has impressed during his time at Al-Ittihad where he made 37 appearances.

He has been among goals, managing six in total, including three already this season in nine games.

West Brom fans will hope to receive a verdict in their favour. In that case, the Baggies could receive funds that will boost their transfer budget in January.

The Baggies are stuttering at the moment in the Championship. They lost twice in their last ten games and Ismael has faced criticisms from the fans and the media.

Last weekend, they earned a comfortable 3-0 victory against Bristol City, and should be in a buoyant mood ahead of their crucial league clash against Fulham.

The Cottagers are second in the league table with 29 points, one point and a place above the Baggies. A victory at Craven Cottage could have a massive impact on the race for automatic promotion.

In other West Brom news, Steve Madeley has provided an update on Kenneth Zohore’s future.